The week I returned from winter break, I resumed my shifts as a member of Calf Team. The Food Animal Reproduction and Medicine Club gives students the opportunity to assist in the livestock barn during night shifts. During my night on-call, a goat dystocia (difficult labor) came into the teaching hospital. I received a call from my classmate informing me that they were going to be performing an emergency C-section and needed all hands on deck. I quickly changed into my scrubs and biked to the barn to assist.
When I arrived at the barn, the doctor and student were getting ready to perform a C-section. We donned our N-95 masks to protect us from Q-fever and starting helping them in their work. We restrained the goat, and I assisted the surgery technician to monitor the goat’s respiratory rate and heart rate throughout the procedure. As the C-section was underway, a few of us prepared to “catch the kids” as they were born. We were prepared with fleece pads and towels ready to clear airways and stimulate the newborns. Unfortunately, there was only one kid, and it did not survive the difficult labor.
Being a part of this crew gave me incredible hands-on experience. I learned so much as a witness to this surgery as we helped an animal in need. Opportunities like this solidify for me all of the reasons I want to enter the veterinary profession.